In brief: Lobo cross country ascends to No. 1; Korn Ferry qualifier underway at UNM Championship - Albuquerque Journal

In brief: Lobo cross country ascends to No. 1; Korn Ferry qualifier underway at UNM Championship

Lobo runners ranked No. 1

The University of New Mexico women’s cross country team is atop the national rankings.

Led by Stefanie Parsons’ 12th-place finish, the Lobos outran North Carolina State and BYU, then ranked 1-2, while capturing the team title Saturday at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Madison, Wis. On Tuesday, the coaches poll jumped Joe Franklin’s team from No. 3. The last time UNM was ranked first was Oct. 30, 2018.

The Lobos received six first-place votes and 324 points total. N.C. State (five first-place votes, 323 points) dropped to second.

UNM will host the Mountain West Championships at the UNM North Golf Course on Oct. 29.

Lovelady grabs tourney lead

Tom Lovelady, who played on the PGA Tour in 2018 and 2019, shot 5-under-par 66 Tuesday for the top score and a one-stroke lead in the first of four rounds of the Korn Ferry Tour second stage qualifying event at UNM Championship South Golf Course.

Lovelady, who played on back-to-back national champions (2013, 2014) at Alabama with Justin Thomas, collected five birdies during his bogey-free round. He birdied hole Nos. 2, 4, 12, 15 and 18. Lovelady has also played on the Korn Ferry Tour before, as has Garrett Osborn, who shot 4-under, along with Albert Pistorius of Canada.

The top 19 players in a field of 75 advance to the final qualifying stage for the Korn Ferry Tour. Play continues each day through Friday. Click here for scores.

Aggies picked to win WAC

New Mexico State men’s basketball is the preseason favorite to win the championship in the 13-team Western Athletic Conference, edging out WAC newcomer Stephen F. Austin for the top spot in the poll of coaches. Defending champion Grand Canyon was selected third.

Two Aggies — Jabari Rice and Nebraska transfer Teddy Allen — are preseason All-WAC first team, and Johnny McCants and Donnie Tillman are second team. The Aggies open at home Nov. 9 vs. UC Irvine.

WOMEN: The Aggies are picked sixth in the media poll and seventh by coaches — reigning regular season champ Cal Baptist is picked to repeat. NMSU opens at home Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. and preceding the men’s game, vs. Western New Mexico.

Aggies capture Wimberly title

LAS CRUCES — Behind third-place finisher Garrison Smith, the host New Mexico State men cruised to an eight-stroke victory at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate hosted at the NMSU Golf Course.

The Aggies (7-over-par 859) held off Northern Colorado and UTRGV to earn the team title. Smith fired a final round 73 Tuesday to finish in third with a three-round score of 5-under-par 208 (-5).

Oklahoma State’s Tiger Christensen (10-under) and Rayhan Thomas (6-under) finished 1-2 in the event, but their school didn’t field a team.

 

 

 


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